January 15, 2012

book review: unscripted

If you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of reality TV shows — or your just enjoy a fun read — check out Natalie Aaron and Marla Schwartz's Unscripted, where you will get more than a glimpse.

Abby Edwards left Kansas for Hollywood years ago with hopes of becoming a screenwriter. Fast forward to present day, and she drifts between reality shows and clip shows as a producer. Her latest is a Bachelor(ette) knock-off where one of her bosses Will, is an adorable person from her past who gives her mixed signals.

And while she is trying to figure out her professional and romantic life, Abby also has to deal with friend troubles and the fact that an ex-boyfriend has shot to fame with a screenplay written based on their failed relationship.

This novel was a big win with me. Abby was a great protagonist to have. She was relatable, funny and someone I cheered for. I felt bad for her when things didn't go well, I was thrilled when they did. The secondary characters were also great. Her friends were eclectic and fun. Her co-workers included a nice mix of hot messes and buddies. 

Plus, Will was definitely crushable. You could see why Abby fell for him, because I did, too.

Aside from the characters, the story itself was fun and interesting. It moved at an appropriate pace, and was filled with action. It kept my attention from the first page until the last. And when it got to the end, I found myself wanting more — not because there were any unanswered questions, but because I was having such a good time.

I also felt like I learned something. Both authors have worked in the industry, and the story answered a lot of questions I have had from years of watching clip and reality TV shows. Even if you aren't interested in the biz, the story still resonates with anyone who had higher hopes for themselves and has been drifting through life. The story shows that sometimes, to get more out of life a person has to take some chances.

I would definitely read another book written by this duo, and I hope they will be back.

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Check back tomorrow to read my interview with Natalie and Marla.

Visit their website at www.unscriptedbook.com 
Follow them @Unscriptedbook

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unscripted-ebook/dp/B005UPRLM0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1326141966&sr=8-2
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unscripted-natalie-aaron/1105486508
Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unscripted/id477827479?mt=11

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